2009 fiscal stimulus bill. number two is our concern that congress will not extend unemployment benefits past their expiration in november. and number three is the fact that at least some of the tax cuts look likely to expire. on those tax cuts, president obama today vowed to extend the bush tax cuts for the middle class, but let cuts for those making more than $250,000 expire. philips thinks republicans will eventually blink, allowing the president to win this battle. but, conservatives like douglas holtz-eakin disagree. >> i think when push comes to shove, the worst thing for the economy would be to let everything sunset. if the price of avoiding that is an extension, for at least a short while, of the top two rates, he'll do it. >> reporter: financial markets are now expecting the election to result in divided government. in the past that has been good for investors, but with an uncertain economic outlook, some analysts think this time, gridlock could be more of mixed blessing. darren gersh, "nightly business report," washington.